Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

CHRIS Mer­ridew’s sug­ges­tion for keep­ing the Trea­sury Build­ing com­plex in public own­er­ship as an ex­ten­sion of TMAG is both prac­ti­cal and im­por­tant to the city (“A place in his­tory to be trea­sured”, Mer­cury, Talk­ing Point, Novem­ber 10).

Such an im­pos­ing set of his­toric build­ings is part of the very fab­ric of Ho­bart, and in a most cen­tral his­toric area of the city.

The TMAG can ex­tend its sig­nif­i­cant vaulted trea­sures for all to see and en­joy in a unique, ap­pro­pri­ate set of build­ings.

The ap­par­ent pop­u­lar­ity of Ho­bart as a visi­tor des­ti­na­tion should be ap­plauded. How­ever, tourism is a fickle in­dus­try and a longer view­point can show buoy­ant busi­ness con­di­tions will not re­main for­ever.

It would be a shame to see an ex­cess of ma­jor ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion ca­pac­ity, at the ex­pense to the public gen­er­ally of the loss of some of Ho­bart’s most cen­trally lo­cated im­por­tant his­toric build­ings. Ron­ald Crid­land Kingston

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